Daily Schedule

“I really enjoyed the way the seminar was organized and provided the participants with the opportunity to take ownership of their learning experience. The mosque visits were an invaluable part of the seminar as well.” –2017 Participant



Sunday, July 8           Arrivals
6:00                 Welcome Dinner (courtesy of the director) at Delhi Palace, 901 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis 46202

Monday, July 9        Introduction to Seminar
Unless otherwise noted, all program meetings will be held in IUPUI Campus Center Room 306.

9:00 – 10:00    What Brought You Here? What questions do you want answered?

10:00 – 11:00 What Have You Always Wanted to Know about Islam, But…

Portrait of Yarrow Mamout by Charles Wilson Peale

Readings: Jane I. Smith, Islam in America (chapters 1 & 5 to be read before arrival)

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Introduction,” History of Islam in America, 1-9

11:00 – 12:00 Overview of Seminar Goals, Curriculum, and Expectations; Set Up Four Learning Teams

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00      Orientation to IUPUI Library & Discuss Research Projects in the IUPUI Library Room 1130

2:00 – 5:00     Obtain Crimson Card (ID needed)

      Study, Learning Team, and Research Time

Tuesday, July 10       African American Muslims in the Antebellum South

9:00 – 12:00    Discussion Leaders: Learning Team A

          Readings: Omar ibn Sayyid, The Autobiography of Omar Ibn Sayyid (1831), 5-9

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Islamic Beliefs and Practice in Colonial and Antebellum America,” History of Islam in America, 59-94

           View and Discuss Prince among Slaves (60 min.)

1:00 – 5:00    Get Crimson Card by today (ID needed)

                      Study, Learning Team, and Project Research Time  

Wednesday, July 11  History of Muslim Immigrants and Converts 

9:00 – 12:00    Discussion Leaders: Learning Team B

Readings: Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb, “Islam in America” (1893), 9-18

Mosque in Ross, North Dakota

 Interviews with Syrian Muslim Sodbusters in North Dakota, 29-39

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Race, Ethnicity, Religion, and Citizenship,” History of Islam in America, 135-164

1:00 – 5:00     Study, Learning Team, and Project Research Time  

Thursday, July 12     The Flowering of African American Islam 

9:00 – 12:00    Discussion Leaders: Learning Team C

          Readings: Excerpts from Moslem Sunrise newspaper, including “I Am a Moslem” (1921), “True Salvation of the American Negroes” (1923), “Crescent or Cross: A Negro May   Aspire to any Position under Islam without Discrimination” (1923), and “Living Flora—And Dead” (1924), 53-58Picture1.png

Noble Drew Ali, The Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple (1927), 59-64          

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Rooting Islam in America,” History of Islam in America, 165-227

1:00 – 5:00      Individual Research in Library; Individual Meetings with Director

Each participant will discuss the scope of his or her individual teaching project with the director; we will schedule these meetings during the morning session.

Friday, July 13          Mosque Visit No. 1

9:00 – 11:00    Introduction to the Islamic salat, or prescribed prayers, and cultural etiquette

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NEH Scholars Visit al-Huda

11:00              Depart for Fishers, Indiana

12:00               Arrive at Al-Huda Mosque, Fishers, Indiana, http://alhudafoundation.org/

1:20                 Attend Friday Congregational Prayers

3:30                 Return to Campus

4:00                 Discussion/Debrief


Monday, July 16         Assimilation and Dissent: Muslim America in the Cold War
9:00 – 12:00    Discussion Leaders: Learning Team D

          Readings: Abdo Elkholy, The Arab Moslems in the United States (1966), 76-85 


Shaikh Daoud Ahmed Faisal, Al-Islam: The Religion of Humanity (1950), 64-72

Elijah Muhammad, “What the Muslims Want” and “What the Muslims Believe” (1965), 76-96

Piri Thomas, Excerpt from Down these Mean Streets (1967), 85-92

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Islam and American Civil Religion in the Aftermath of World War II,” History of Islam in America, 228-271

1:00 – 5:00     Study, Learning Team, and Project Research Time  

Tuesday, July 17       Malcolm X and His Legacy in U.S. History and Literature
9:00 – 12:00    Discussion Leaders: Learning Team A

Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and kids

  Readings: Malcolm X, “Interview with Al-Muslimun,” 96-104

           W. D. Mohammed, “Historic Atlanta Address” (1978), 116-120

           Minister Louis Farrakhan, “Million Man March Address” (1995), 130-139

1:00 – 5:00     Study, Group Meeting, and Project Research Time  

Wednesday, July 18      Religious Revival from the 1970s until Today                  
9:00 – 12:00     Discussion Leaders: Learning Team B

          Readings: Jeffrey Lang, Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam (1995), 139-148 

         Sally Howell, “Finding the Straight Path: A Conversation with Mohsen and Lila Amen about Faith, Life, and Family in Dearborn” (2000), 148-158

          Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “A New Religious America and a Post-Colonial Muslim World,” 272-326

1:00 – 5:00     Study, Group Meeting, and Project Research Time  

Thursday, July 19                 Women and Gender in Muslim America
9:00 – 12:00    Discussion Leaders: Learning Team C

           Readings: Damarys Ocana, “Our Stories: A Leap of Faith” (2004), 158-166

          Asra Q. Nomani, Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam (2005), 169-178762128.jpg

Leila Ahmed, “From Abu Dhabi to America,” (2000), 183-188

Asma Gull Hasan, American Muslims: The New Generation (2000), 207-215

Azizah al-Hibri, “An Introduction to Muslim Women’s Rights” (2001), 215-223

Amina Wadud, Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective (1999), 223-231

Khalida Saed, “On the Edge of Belonging” in Living Islam Outloud: American Muslim Women Speak (2005), 231-238

 1:00 – 4:00      Director Available for Consultation in IUPUI Library

Friday, July 20          Mosque Visit No. 2
9:00 – 11:00    Discussion Leaders: Learning Team D

Amina Wadud leading mixed gender prayers, 2005

Readings: Imam Zaid Shakir, “An Examination of the Issue of Female Prayer Leadership” (2005), 239-246

Laury Silvers, “Islamic Jurisprudence, ‘Civil’ Disobedience, and Woman-Led Prayer” (2005), 246-252

Ingrid Mattson, “Can a Woman be an Imam?  Debating Form and Function in Muslim Women’s Leadership” (2005), 252-263

11:00 – 12:30              Lunch

1:00                             Depart for Nur Allah Mosque

3:30                             Travel to Director’s Neighborhood for Swim and Cook-Out;
Informal Discussion Continues

6:30                             Return to Campus


Monday, July 23        Muslim American Public Life after 9/11
9:00 – 12:00                Discussion Leader: Program Director

        height.182.no_border.width.320.jpg   Readings: Council of American-Islamic Relations, “The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States” (2005), 268-275

Laila Al-Marayati, “American Muslim Charities: Easy Targets in the War on Terror” (2005),  

United States of America v. Earnest James Ujaama,” (2002), 275-287

          Fiqh Council of North America, “Fatwa against Terrorism” (2005), 293-296         

           Omid Safi, “Being Muslim, Being American after 9/11,” (2002), 296-302

          Spoken word: Suheir Hammad, “first writing since” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxKItHJ06E)

          Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Between Experience and Politics,” 327-378

1:00 – 5:00     Study, Learning Team, and Project Research Time  

Tuesday, July 24                   Muslim American Spirituality and Religious Life
9:00 – 12:00                Discussion Leader: Program Director

 youth.jpg          Readings:  Betty Hasan Amin, “Hajj in a Wheelchair,” Azizah Magazine (2002), 339-346

Shakina Reinhertz, Women Called to the Path of Rumi (2001), 348-358

Suhail Mulla, “Online Advice about Muslim Youth” (2004 and 2005), 378-384           

           Islamic Medical Association of North American (IMANA), “Islamic Medical Ethics,” 384-395

Capital D, “Culture of Terrorism” from Insomnia, 402-405

1:00 – 5:00      Individual Conferences and Research in Library

Participants will give progress reports and seek input from the director on their independent research projects.

Wednesday, July 25              Teaching Presentations
Each participant will make a presentation up to 20 minutes on he or she plans to integrate this material and any additional research into the classroom. There will then be 10 minutes for follow-up questions. The presentations will take place over the final three days of the seminar. If participants so wish, they can also submit a version of the presentation for possible publication on the seminar website.

9:00 – 9:30      Presentation 1  

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2015 NEH Summer Scholars

9:30 – 10:00     Presentation 2

10:00 – 10:30  Presentation 3

10:30 – 11:00  Presentation 4 

11:00 – 11:30  Presentation 5

11:30 – 12:00  Presentation 6

Thursday, July 26    
9:00 – 9:30     Presentation 7

9:30 – 10:00   Presentation 8

10:00 – 10:30  Presentation 9

10:30 – 11:00  Presentation 10          

2017 NEH Summer Scholars

11:00 – 11:30   Presentation 11

11:30 – 12:00   Presentation 12

 Friday, July 27          
9:00 – 9:30       Presentation 13

9:30 – 10:00     Presentation 14

10:00 – 10:30   Presentation 15

10:30 – 11:00   Presentation 16

11:00 – 12:30   Working Lunch and Final Thoughts